Bloom it Yourself: How to DIY a Flower Backdrop for Your Wedding

Looking for inspiration on how to DIY a flower wall backdrop for your wedding? All that separates you from the DIY wedding backdrop of your dreams is a few easy-to-find supplies and our expert-designed Flower Boxes.

In this post, we’re sharing exactly how to design and build a wedding backdrop from scratch. Let's get started! Here's how to DIY a flower wall for a wedding backdrop:



What you'll need to DIY a Wedding Backdrop

Before you begin creating your DIY wedding backdrop, you'll need to gather a few essentials. These are the materials you'll need for your flower wall:

Ling's Designer Flower Boxes make this type of DIY project easy. Each box has an expertly curated assortment of blooms in mixed sizes and hues in the same color palette. This leaves you to do more DIY and less guesswork.

For your DIY flower backdrop, you can use fewer flowers for a more subtle look or more for a fuller look. If you have any leftover blooms or branches, you can always use them for a bouquet or other floral arrangement.

How to DIY a Wedding Backdrop

Step 1. Start with some excitement

Start by opening all your boxes like it's Christmas morning or Amazon Prime Day.

Then, sort your flowers and branches into groups. Sorting might not be as fun as box opening, but it will be extremely helpful in making sure you can easily find each type of bloom needed when in the middle of creating.

A man picking up flowers while standing before a table

Step 2. Prep the grid

Once your decorative pieces are appropriately sorted out, next you can prep your grid for flowers.

Use cable ties to attach the floral foam to the lower left-hand corner of the first grid plate. This will form a base for you to attach your flowers and greenery.

A man tying a block of flower foam on a plate

Step 3. Building the first arrangement

Once your floral foam is secure, you can begin the next super fun part: Adding blooms!

Start by inserting the larger flowers into the foam. Next, you'll add smaller flowers around the focal point flowers to build the base of your DIY backdrop.

A man inserting flowers into the flower foam

After that, insert the flowers with longer branches towards the upper left of your floral foam to extend the height of the flower arrangement, forming a diagonal shape. Fill out the shape by adding the black leaves and branches to the floral foam's lower left and right-hand corners.

A man inserting more black flowers into the flower foam

Tip: While inserting the delicate black branches, gently bend them to give them an irregular, natural shape.

Keep adding the black branches and leaves in a diagonal line. Sprinkle in the decorative fruits and smaller red flowers for embellishment. Fill in any gaps in your arrangement with the red flowers. Top off the entire design with a few of the romantic black roses and some lovely white poppies included in your Designer Flower Boxes.

A man adding black branches and leaves into the flower foam

Step 4. Building the second floral arrangement

To begin the second arrangement, attach the floral foam in the middle of the second grid plate.

A man attaching the floral foam in a grid plate

Make your floral arrangements similar to your first one: start with the larger flowers in the middle and add supporting flowers. Then, build the black leaves and branches around those, and spread the smaller red flowers around your primary flowers. Use the small red flowers to cover any gaps, and then top with black roses and the occasional white poppy or peony. Once you're happy with this piece, it's time to move on to your last grid plate.

A man inserting flowers and branches into the flower foam

Step 5. The final arrangement

Start your final arrangement by attaching the floral foam to the top right corner of the grid.

A man attaching the floral foam to the top right corner of the grid

Take the last of your larger flowers and use them as your focal points. Add the smaller red flowers evenly to create an oval-like shape. Add red leaves to the upper right-hand corner extending out from the grid plate, using a few extra for a more lush look. Insert black leaves and branches on the lower lefthand corner to increase the length of the tail and extend the overall shape of the backdrop wall.

A man inserting flowers and branches into the flower foam

Complete the look with the larger roses and showy white poppies and peonies to create contrast. Lastly, fill any gaps with black leaves or branches or small red leaves.

A man adjusting the flowers and branches

Step 6. Play it safe

The last thing you want is floppy blooms and stems in your DIY wedding backdrop. To avoid this, walk behind the arrangements and ensure any long or wobbly branches are attached with cable ties.

A man tying a cable tie to secure the flower arrangement

Step 7. Round it off

Create a natural, lifelike design by continuing to add black leaves and extending them along the grid. Insert red foliage and small pieces to refine the overall shape. Fill any exposed floral foam with a leaf or embellishment.

A man adjusting the shape of the flower arrangements

Once you've completed and secured all three arrangements (yay!), take a minute to step back and look at the design as a whole.

Three flower arrangements hung before a wall

Use your aesthetic eye and make sure you're more than content with your wedding backdrop.. If you're not, keep adjusting the flowers and branches until you feel good about it.

Once you're satisfied, go ahead and congratulate yourself- you've just created a beautiful DIY backdrop for your wedding!

Other Color ideas

We used Moody Burgundy and Black Flower Boxes for this DIY flower backdrop tutorial, which we love for its luscious blend of white, black, and wine red. If you're feeling less 'Moody,' you can customize your design with any of our wedding color schemes to match your wedding theme.

Two boxes filled with black and burgundy flowers

To use a different color collection for this DIY Wedding backdrop tutorial, just switch out the Moody Burgundy with your favorite Ling’s designer color palette. 

Here are some of our favorite color combos to choose from:

Romantic and Rustic: Sunset Terracotta

Imagine a flower wall backdrop for a wedding inspired by the warmth and passion of the sun. That's precisely what Ling's Sunset Terracotta brings to the table (and the bouquets, ceremony, etc.). A mix of earth and sun, this collection goes perfectly with any farmhouse, rustic, vintage, or country-themed wedding.

Assorted orange flower arrangements used for weddings

Imagine a flower wall backdrop for a wedding inspired by the sunset's warmth and passion. That's precisely what Ling's Sunset Terracotta brings to the table (and the bouquets, ceremony, etc.). A mix of earth and sun, this collection goes perfectly with any farmhouse, rustic, vintage, or country-themed wedding. 

We're obsessed with how Cindy and Kelton used Ling's Sunset Terracotta color palette to decorate their triangle wedding arch. Stylish and sleek, the triangular arch reflects the mountains that watched lovingly over the ceremony. The earthy, romantic tones of Sunset Terracotta softened the sharp angle of the arch, a perfect match for the autumn leaves that surrounded the couple.

A wedding arch decorated with flowers

Photo by @isaacsimphoto

Vineyard Inspired: White and Sage

White and Sage is the ideal color palette for a wedding at a vineyard, winery, or any ceremony in the spring/summer. This elegant color combo is a favorite choice for any bride who seeks a hint of neutral sophistication. White and Sage goes well beyond the vineyard, however. White is a timeless wedding neutral, and Sage infuses a hint of the natural world into everything it touches.

Assorted sage flower arrangements used for weddings

Hannah and Steven’s sophisticated vineyard wedding inspires natural elegance with a timeless touch. Their white and sage color palette complemented the wedding venue. We especially adored their head table, which used Ling's Sage Green Garland, perfectly highlighted by a sharp, white tablecloth and warm wooden tables.

A wedding headtable placed before a fireplace

Beautiful in Blue: Dusty Blue and Navy

What if your 'something blue' was in your wedding theme? The color blue has always been a favorite choice for weddings because it symbolizes love and fidelity, two critical ingredients needed for a happy life. Bring tradition to your wedding (and flower backdrop) with the loving tones of Dusty Blue and Navy.

Assorted blue flower arrangements used for weddings

We loved how Tyler and Alessandra brought Dusty Blue and Navy to life. Every aspect of their enchanting church ceremony reflected their color palette. From the bridesmaid's dresses in both hues of blue, to the groomsmen's noble Navy boutonnieres, to the wedding drapes delicately arranged over the sizeable wooden ceremony cross, this couple knows how to do it big in blue.

A couple sitting at their wedding headtable

How do you hang a wedding backdrop?

So you're officially a pro now; you're ready to change your name to "DIY flower backdrop master" when you're struck with the sudden realization: you'll need to hang your masterpiece somehow.

Don't worry because, as always, we've got some tips for that! Here are 3 easy ways to hang a wedding backdrop:

Attach your backdrop to a curtain rod

If you want to go stand-free, draping the piece over a pipe, rod, or beam is the most common solution. If you're unable to do this in your wedding venue, an alternative is to attach removable wall hooks to the wall or ceiling.

Flowers and leaves placed on a table

In our DIY wedding backdrop tutorial, we use grid plates. You can easily slide wall hooks through the metal meshing of the grid plates without damaging your backdrop.

Use pins to attach your DIY backdrop to the wall

Pins might not be the strongest choice for a heavy wall piece. However, since the backdrop in our tutorial is on the lighter side, you can safely secure your DIY wedding backdrop with careful pre-planning.

Of course, when we say pins, we don't mean tacks or the push pins you might use to hang a poster on the wall. We recommend using metal pins made explicitly for hanging mid-size art on the walls, which you can find at most craft stores.

Tip: If you use metal pins to hang your backdrop, use painter's tape to minimize the risk of damage to your beautifully DIY'd backdrop.

The classic: hammer and nails

If all else fails (and your venue gives you the go-ahead), you can always go for the old-fashioned wall-hanging method: a hammer and nails. If you go this route, make sure you've spread out the nails on all 3 of your grid panels to distribute the weight evenly.

How to attach flowers to a wire grid wedding backdrop?

In our DIY flower wall backdrop for a wedding tutorial, we use 3 metal grid panels, attach floral foam with cable ties, and then insert flowers directly into the floral foam. We find this method to be easy and straightforward.

However, since the grid panels are made of wire mesh and are simple to work with and customize, you can use cable ties or floral wire to attach the flowers directly.

Some tools in green placed on a table

Take LOTS of pictures

What's a wall of flowers without tons of photos? Now that you've made a beautiful flower backdrop, don't be afraid to show it off. Tag us @lingsmoments in all of your favorite pictures on Instagram. We can't wait to see your floral masterpiece!

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